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The End of the Road for George W. Bush

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Posted on Jan 13, 2008
Bush at sea
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President Bush, center, listens to Franciscan priests as they overlook the Sea of Galilee in the ancient village of Capernaum, Israel.

By Chris Hedges

The Gilbert and Sullivan charade of statesmanship played out by George W. Bush and his enabler, Condoleezza Rice, as they wander the Middle East is a fitting end to seven years of misrule.  Despots stripped of power are transformed from monsters into buffoons.  And this is the metamorphosis that is eating away at the Bush presidency. 

Bush stood in Jerusalem, uncomfortable and palpably bored.  He mouthed platitudes about a peace settlement that mocked the humanitarian crisis he aided and abetted in Gaza, the rapacious land grab by Israel in the West Bank and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The diminished George Bush, increasingly irrelevant at home and abroad, is fading into insignificance.  A year from now one half expects to see him stand up at the next president’s inauguration and screech “I’m melting!  I’m melting!” as he sinks into a puddle of slime.  He will return, I expect, to his ranch, where he will be able to spend the rest of his life doing the only task for which he has shown any aptitude—cutting down brush with a chain saw. 

He may yet rise again to torment us with an attack on Iran, condemning more innocents to slaughter.  He and his cigar-smoking soul mate Ehud Olmert would like to go out with one more flash of mayhem and violence.  But even this will not ultimately save him.  Bush will soon be reduced to the cipher he once was, left to spend the rest of his life trying to salvage a legacy of shame and deceit.  In a just world he would be put on trial, if not by the International Criminal Court of Justice then by the U.S. Congress.  He would be forced to face up to his lies and wars of aggression.  But the moral rot that infects the nation has seeped into the bowels of the legislative as well as the executive branch. 

World leaders, including those whom Bush desperately wants to intimidate, now dismiss him.  Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a few days ago that relations with the United States are of “no benefit to the Iranian nation.  The day such relations are of benefit, I will be the first one to approve of that.” 

Bush will have flown from Israel to Palestine to Kuwait to Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia to Egypt in search of a legacy, one that he hopes will lift up his name in history.  But, isolated and deluded, he has yet to grasp that he and the United States are reviled and detested for our violence, arrogance and greed.  The bands played on the tarmac.  He was toasted at state dinners.  But even our allies, including Kuwait and Egypt, know Bush is a danger to himself and others. 

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He publicly displayed his inability to connect rhetoric with reality.  He promised peace and cooperation, a new era, a Palestinian homeland.  He promised solutions that will arise from negotiations that do not exist.  Negotiations, in his eyes, are always about to begin.  They were about to begin a year ago.  They were about to begin with Annapolis.  They are about to begin now.  The messy issues between the Israelis and Palestinians that he and his administration have never attempted to address—the borders, the expanding Jewish settlements and outposts, the plight of Palestinian refugees and Jerusalem—will all be seamlessly solved ... one day.  But the brutal reality of the Israeli occupation barrels forward.  The Jewish settlements and outposts continue to be expanded.  The crisis in Gaza, with the cuts in fuel and electricity, the deadly army incursions and airstrikes, has turned the world’s largest walled prison into a swamp of human misery.  And huge new settlements, like Har Homa, continue to rise up on Palestinian soil. 

When Bush met with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah he blithely defended the patchwork of Israeli roadblocks that have turned the West Bank into a series of ringed Palestinian ghettos.  The roadblocks, he told Abbas, are necessary for Israeli security.  He announced that the 1949 Green Line, the borders established by the United Nations, would never be restored.  There would be no discussion, he said, of the status of Jerusalem.  And the plight of Palestinian refugees would be solved by setting up an international fund, meaning, of course, that none would ever return.  In short, he offered an unequivocal endorsement of right-wing Israeli policy with not a murmur of dissent.  And the Palestinians can either have it rammed down their throat or rot.  Bush will be back, he has promised, in May to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state.  Olmert, no doubt, will again be fulsome in his praise, which is probably what Bush’s trip to the Middle East is, at its core, really about.  Bush desperately wants someone to pretend with him that he is an agent for peace and statesmanship.  Olmert, who knows the callow American leader will give him everything he desires, is happy to oblige.

But as Bush basks in the glow of his own fantasy, the suffering in Gaza, one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters, along with the savage occupation of Iraq, continues to fuel widespread anger and rage.  Bush has spent his time in office bolstering the Middle East’s most despotic regimes, including that of Gen. Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.  He approved a $20-billion arms package for these states.  He has backed efforts to crush mainstream Islamic groups that have electoral legitimacy and popular support.  He has stood by as these regimes have stifled democratic dissent, and he has, with Israeli encouragement, isolated governments, even friendly governments, in the Middle East that raised feeble protests.  But his day is past.  There is open revolt.  Opinion polls show that two-thirds of Palestinians, and three-fourths of Israelis, do not believe Bush can affect events in the Palestinian territories.

The agenda of the Bush White House is exposed as irrelevant, myopic and counterproductive.  Most Arab countries are in open defiance of Washington and are actively reaching out to Iran.

“As long as they [Iran] have no nuclear program ... why should we isolate Iran? Why punish Iran now?” Arab League Secretary-General Abu Moussa told The Washington Post.

The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, is in Iran for talks.  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended December’s Gulf Cooperation Council summit.  The Iranian president attended the just-completed hajj in Mecca at the invitation of the Saudi monarch, King Abdullah.  Tehran is exploring the resumption of diplomatic ties with Egypt, cut since the 1979 revolution, and has offered to cooperate with Cairo in the production of nuclear energy.  And the Syrian and Lebanese governments have ignored Washington’s warnings to sever ties with Hezbollah and Hamas. 

It is the end of the road for George Bush.  The world takes less and less notice of him.  He strutted and swaggered across the stage.  He bellowed and raged.  He plundered and murdered.  And now he wants to be anointed as a peacemaker.  His presidency, like his life, has been a tragic waste.  But he at least he has a life.  There are tens of thousands of mute graves in Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan that stand as stark testaments to his true legacy.  If he wants to redeem his time in office he should kneel before one and ask for forgiveness.

Chris Hedges, the former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author most recently of “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America,” can be found every other Monday on Truthdig.


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By Wolf Vorkian, January 17, 2008 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

“It is the end of the road for George Bush.  The world takes less and less notice of him.  He strutted and swaggered across the stage.  He bellowed and raged.  He plundered and murdered.  And now he wants to be anointed as a peacemaker.  His presidency, like his life, has been a tragic waste.  But he at least he has a life.  There are tens of thousands of mute graves in Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan that stand as stark testaments to his true legacy.  If he wants to redeem his time in office he should kneel before one and ask for forgiveness.”

Nonsense, if the little Andover cheerleader had any guts, he’d drink Draino to redeem his soul and so would the rest of of the Gomers who voted for him.

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By Maani, January 17, 2008 at 9:34 am Link to this comment

Actually, re The Carlyle Group, Bush resigned as a managing director and is now a senior advisors.

The Chairman of TCG is Louis Gerstner, former CEO of IBM. Others in senior management include James Baker III (former Sec’y of State, and personal Bush atty: he argued the Bush’s case in the 2000 Florida debacle, and headed up the Iraq Study Group,among other things); Frank Carlucci (co-founder of TCG, and former Sec’y of Defense and former Dep Dir of CIA); William Kennard (former Chair of the FCC); Arthur Levitt (former chair of the SEC); John Major (former British PM); and Park Tae-Joon (former South Morean PM).

As well, GWB once held positions in Carlyle-owned companies, and Colin Powell was, at one time, an advisor.

Peace.

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By Maani, January 17, 2008 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

My three solid years of deep research on 9/11 does indeed implicate “neocons and Republicans” (if by that you mean Bush, Cheney et al).  However, while there are possible, but weak, Saudi ties, there are no ties that I, or any of my colleagues in the 9/11 Truth movement, have found re Israel or Pakistan.

Certainly things may still come to light.  But believe me, we have quite deliberately investigated those possible connections, yet have found nothing of even ephemeral substance.

Peace.

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By hetzer, January 17, 2008 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

James Joyce thought that education was pornography because it substituted the bogus and fanciful for the real thing.  In many ways, I think our country is nothing but an issue of Playboy with everyone seeking more stuff, more power, or a better script.  The poorly developed and bogus Bush’s and Clintons are a prime example.  The only mature candidates with any self knowledge seem to be Kucinich, Edwards, Obama, and Paul.  The system, however, is like a vast grade B porn mag, so all the equally bogus half-baked people decide.

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By jojo hates Hitliary, January 17, 2008 at 8:43 am Link to this comment
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the problem Americans have is that they don’t know gold from bullchips-do get to see the end—hillary is asked—do you prefer diamonds or pearls—she says both.Reall tough questions for her at NH
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/260.html

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By ender, January 17, 2008 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

for THE ENTIRE BUSH FAMILY!

This cabal of crooks and war criminals have been using America as their personal sludge fund since the the early 1900s.  The family married into then took Harriman’s bank which became UBS, WHICH WAS CONFISCATED FOR TWO YEARS FOR CONTINUEING TO LEND HITLER MONEY AFTER 1945.  It’s OK, the Walkers got it back.  Under Reagan, Daddy Bush in the CIA and Darth Cheney as secdef took complete control of defense procurement and have steadily reduced benefits and support for ground troops while dumping money in unseen never to be delivered high dollar money holes for the Carlisle group.  Guess who’s Chairman of the Board?  Daddy Bush.
Neil Bush, the forgotten one that should be in jail with Mike Milken, used the Junk Bond fiasco to funnel $500 billion of taxpayer dollars into the coffers of family and friends, and now the SLIME BALL IN THE WHITE HOUSE has funnelled $1 trillion or better into Carlisle group companies and another $trillion or so in stolen Iraqi oil.

THIS MAY BE THE MOST COMPETENT AND SUCCESSFUL GROUP OF THEIVES THE MODERN WORLD HAS EVERY SEEN.  WHY DO THEY LOVE THE SAUDIS SO MUCH?  THEY WANT TO BE JUST LIKE THEM, AND SEEM TO THINK THIS COUNTRY IS THEIRS TO RULE AS THEY WILL.

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By hetzer, January 16, 2008 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment

I will continue to accuse Neocons, Republicans, Israel,  Saudi Arabia and Pakistan until it is demonstrated that I am wrong.  Without accusation, there will never be a decent investigation.  (Yes.  There are an infinite number of possibilities including flying saucers, mystery earthquakes, etc., but I’ll stick with my list.

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By Maani, January 16, 2008 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment

Jojo:

While you are correct that the “official story” of 9/11 is the cover-up of a false flag operation, and that a new, thorough, non-political investigation should be undertaken looking at ALL evidence and following it WHEREVER it goes, there are other possibilities than Israeli involvement.

Peace.

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By cyrena, January 16, 2008 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Europeanview,

You’ve hit the nail on the head with exactly this:


•  Firstly the US is militarily overstretched and secondly, the neocons have a different agenda. Cheney would have thrown Israel under the bus when he tried to get them attack Iran, so he can have his war.

Specifically, they HAVE A DIFFERENT AGENDA!!! Yes, they’ve had a ‘different’, or what I have called a SHADOW agenda, since the beginning!! The problem is, that we don’t really know, exactly what it is. Even within this administration, there are different ‘agendas’ at work, and not even they all know what they are. This is actually very typical behavior in advancing a totalitarian regime. The secrecy, the manufactured instability, and all of the chaos, as well as the terror. Terror here at home in the US, and terror against those in the Middle East as well. No person, group or nation has escaped this terror.

So indeed, there is this ‘different’ agenda, and keeping everyone confused maintains the instability that such a system (totalitarianism) requires. It DEPENDS on instability, and terror as a means to keep the conditions unstable.

Now of course attempting to figure out the EXACT agenda, (specifically when it’s an ideologically based agenda) is more difficult, and I’ve not yet figured that out, though there’s no doubt that ultimate and permanent POWER is the objective. Still, I don’t believe that it’s about the George Bush agenda as much as it is about the Cheney agenda, and Cheney has his own operation in place, that simply uses georgie as the vehicle by which to put it forth.

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By remoran, January 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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Our wonderful leader does not know how to use a chain saw. Check out any photo op and see how he uses that instrument of destruction. He moves it back and forth like a hand saw, something not recommended using a tool such as this but then again, Bush is a fool of a tool who doesn’t know how to do anything right save that of lying, destroying America and starting wagging the dog wars.

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By Europeanview, January 16, 2008 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

He may yet rise again to torment us with an attack on Iran, condemning more innocents to slaughter.  He and his cigar-smoking soul mate Ehud Olmert would like to go out with one more flash of mayhem and violence.  But even this will not ultimately save him.

This may yet happen. The focus of US media on the primaries (not to speak of the “celebritneys”) takes our eyes away from what is happening in the Middle East. Short of an assassination of a former Prime Minister no news get much coverage in US media anymore. If you turn to European newspapers you can find more. “The Independent” has a great article by Robert Fisk, by the way.

The Bush Administration has not given up on an attack on Iran. The “incident” in the Straits of Hormuz was staged for that purpose. There is some rethoric which points in that direction, too. See here:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/01/12/1-1-1-war-an-attempt-at-analysis/

What many people overlook is the fact, that the Bush Administration’s policies are as damaging to Israel as to the US. If things get any worse, Israel’s very existence is in danger. And they better not count on US help. Firstly the US is militarily overstretched and secondly, the neocons have a different agenda. Cheney would have thrown Israel under the bus when he tried to get them attack Iran, so he can have his war. And how about the arms deal with Saudi Arabia? If that despotic kingdom fails, in which direction will the guns be pointed?

This President may be a weak, lame duck, but remember the German emperor Wilhelm II? He was weak, he liked to cut brush, too. Before he got to do that, however, he started a world war.

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By jojo, January 16, 2008 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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Why should they, the Americans, have trusted us?
We were a bunch of Russians; socialist Russians.
- Isser Harel, founder of Israeli intelligence,
on U.S. relations with Israel
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The “The Planes of 9-11,” explains that the Israeli military has a history of owning and operating private aircraft leasing and maintenance companies in the United States. 

These privately-held aviation companies, created by the Israeli military and linked to its state-owned aviation industry, clearly had the capability and advanced avionics required to convert Boeing aircraft into remote-controlled guided missiles like those that apparently struck the World Trade Center (WTC) on 9-11. 

Because the Israeli military had the capability to carry out the attacks, the evidence of Israeli prior knowledge raises a fundamental question that must be asked:  Would the Israeli military conduct such an outrageous act of terror?

Millions of Americans have blindly accepted, without any proof, the government and controlled media’s tale that 19 Arabs, who lacked basic piloting skills, were responsible for the coordinated precision aerial attacks and subsequent carnage and destruction of 9-11. 

On the other hand, the same government and media have shown absolutely no interest in probing the evidence or looking into the many unanswered questions surrounding the attacks. 

There can only be one logical explanation for the persistent avoidance of the evidence by the institutions that should be leading the investigation.  It is obviously because the evidence does not fit or contradicts the fictitious tale they have presented to the public.

The number of people who realize that the government and media have lied about 9-11 is large and growing.  The pack of lies surrounding the attacks has been thoroughly exposed and can no longer be defended.

Unable to defend their fictional tale against the evidence presented by honest scientists and writers, the defenders of the lie use disinformation, defamation, and slander to try and contain the truth from spreading like wildfire.

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By hetzer, January 16, 2008 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

Until 911 is really investigated, I will assume that Saudi Arabia financed it, Israel and the Neocons thought it up and carried it out, and the Republicans covered it up and benefited from it.  It is all about crooks without borders.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 16, 2008 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

Oh Mama ain’t you gonna miss your best friend now
You’re gonna have to find you another best friend somehow
Bob Dylan

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By hetzer, January 16, 2008 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

Why are you asking?  Why don’t you do it?

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By thebeerdoctor, January 16, 2008 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

A Yankee Ed Sullivan: For he is an AMERICAN, HE HIMSELF HAS SAID IT.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 16, 2008 at 10:57 am Link to this comment

Yes Blackspeare your comments are on target. The last President of the US to question the Zionist authority was Ike. The democrats have been in the Exodus mentality from the start. Then the republicans beginning with Nixon have swung over to the same disastrous viewpoint. Like the myths about Lincoln, these things have a way of becoming undisputed facts, despite all evidence to the contrary. I only have to be reminded of this when I recall recent media attacks on Presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, when he questioned the validity of the Civil War. A closer examination of Lincoln’s conduct during that period reveal a rather brutal tyrant who preferred to put you in jail for dissent, or worse, for just remaining silent. But orthodoxy will hear none of it. Even severe social critics such as the late Walter Karp, refer to Lincoln as “One of the noblest figures in history”. But of course, he was not!
The propaganda efforts on the part of American-Israeli lobby have been most effective because of the money (that mother’s milk) that has been infused into the process. Thus the Palestinians, Arabs, and even rebellious Persians, are depicted as savage brutal animals out to destroy the good, peace loving Israelis. And of course media orthodoxy will hear nothing about this peaceful little country being supported by multi-billions of dollars, complete with their own nuclear arsenal. The myths continue, from New York to Washington to Hollywood.
All of this is quite effective in hood winking the US citizens, but in the rest of the world? Not exactly. Those client states who follow the United States do this out of fear more than respect. Ask yourself: what does this image of George W Bush and King Abdullah mean? A photo-op for two despots. That is all.

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By Blackspeare, January 16, 2008 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

Hamas enjoyed a brief electoral victory, which ought to have given them political control over the ragged remnants of the Palestinian entity, and hence the right to designate the spokesman for the Palestinian people. Their electoral victory was instead nullified in concerted military assaults by the forces of the PLO, backed - in what is surely among the most bizarre twists in modern diplomacy - by the US and Israel. As an answer to the Bush regime’s assertion that our prime mission is to “democratize” the Mid-east, Israel jailed some forty of the duly elected Hamas parliamentarians and quarantined the Hamas-dominated Gaza strip.

Anyone close to the situation can see that the tawdry Annapolis exercise was anything but domestic political theatre? The target audience here is the American public; no one in the afflicted region buys a line of it.

Mr Olmert foolishly asserts - in essence - that commingling the Palestinian and Israeli peoples into one multiethnic state would destroy the Zionist nation. Well, duh.

In this pronouncement - intended, one supposes, to appall a trembling world - he signals that the “right of return” is forever off the table. The “right of return” binds the Palestinians into the same sort of nationalist myth that “Zionism” binds the Israelis. The competing claims for sovereignty over Jerusalem are similarly self-sanctified and obdurate. Mr Olmert affirms that these two fiercely counter-poised ethnic belief structures are entirely antithetical. In short, there will never be a reconciliation.

There could some day be peace, certainly, but it will be the peace of the dead. Someone’s going to lose, utterly. Absent a concerted Arab/Muslim will to confront the massed power of the US and Israel, the Palestinians can look forward to their own trail of tears.

The permanent presence of a US military mission in the region guarantees - explicitly - that there will never be a unified Arab/Muslim power.

The Israeli political strategy has been both remarkably disciplined and remarkably effective for some sixty years, now…Just keep stalling. With the continued material and military backing of the West, Israel will eventually force the Palestinian people and the tattered remnants of their aspirations to melt away into history.

The only likely role available to Syria and Iran in this drama will be to host the diaspora of a defeated Arab people.

Let’s not kid ourselves.

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By Michael Shaw, January 16, 2008 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

Well John as you know, Eisenhower not only warned us about it, he helped create it.

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By Michael Shaw, January 16, 2008 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

He not only did that, he also said mockingly, he had no trouble going through the check points. What kind of person with any decency would do that?

As for it being the end for him, the damage he has created will live on in the hatred he’s created abroad as you mention and also here at home, especially in the Supreme Court, where he has managed to stack it with federalist society cronies who will continue his legacy for many years to come.

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By Conservative Yankee, January 16, 2008 at 7:14 am Link to this comment
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Lighten up folks…


“The Muslim heathen cower when the British Lions roar’
He trembles and wishes he was British to the core…”

“British to the Core”

Gilbert and Sullivan

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By thebeerdoctor, January 16, 2008 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

Have you see this empty place before? A vast stretch of nothingness where an occasional abandoned vehicle can be seen with sometimes a rotting severed limb. A few cultural scraps of what was, once, consumer happiness: a talking toy from the Walt Disney Company, a tattered swoosh of an athletic shoe, a t-shirt from a future Olympiad that no one seems to remember…
A place where literally, all hope has been abandoned. Where survival is but an agonizing continuation of suffering. The incalculable loss of the unexplainable. This is Chaos. The bastard child of the demigods Bush and Cheney.

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By Ron, January 16, 2008 at 6:50 am Link to this comment
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You wrote, “George W. Bush has been an overall good president.”

Right. You smoking rope? And don’t forget the other big lies - I’ll call you, the check is in the mail, this won’t hurt much and one other lie dealing with a sex-related lie involving your mouth.

What cave have you just crawled out of?

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By Ron, January 16, 2008 at 6:33 am Link to this comment
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Don’t think that hasn’t occurred to me and a lot of others I’ve talked to. It will happpen in October. Bush will declare some kind of trumped-up state of emergency and make himself president for life and the only person qualified to handle the situation. And Congress would give him a 100% vote of support. All I’d have to say is, “Good job, Brownie!”

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By Ron, January 16, 2008 at 6:25 am Link to this comment
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Since the Democrats are too timid to impeach this corrupt president and his sidekick, Dickless Cheney, we might have to be satisfied with the fact that they will be remembered as the worst and most inept administration in US history. Or, as my friend calls it, the “Dumbing Down of America.” It has succeeded. Water seeks its own level.

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By Kathy Kang, January 16, 2008 at 6:06 am Link to this comment
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Thanks for your insights—wish more of us,especially the politicians, had the courage to point that out. As a naturalized citizen of the USA,born in S.Korea,who witnessed so many contractors become filthy-wealthy during the Vietnam War,this issue resonates with me so much.

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By samosamo, January 16, 2008 at 12:07 am Link to this comment
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Remember, both elections are frauduent victories the 2000 election making criminals of 5 of the supreme court justices and the 2004 making a criminal of the president of diebold when he guarranteed w the state of Ohio.
Even the planning of at least the 1st term was being planned in the early or mid 1990s which is another piece of evidence that the 2000 election is a fraud.
Which goes to show you and all that little w has been a fraud all his life with all his failed and criminal business ventures as big billboards to prove it.

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By ALEKOS ADRIANOPOULOS, January 15, 2008 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment
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Invasion of Iraq & Afghanistan by Bush will speed up nuclear prolifiration in the middle east countries.
Pakistan Iran North Korea will be playing leading role to make that possible.
Having a nuclear bomb it must be a national security priority after Bush,If Pakistan did not had a bomb surely there would be invasion there to.Everybody guess that OSAMA is there.
If I can see that I am sure every politician in middle east can see to.
Bush is a bull in the China shop and world just wathced what he is doing.
He has done a similar job like 9th century crusaders.
There will newer be a peace between the two civilasation after Bush’s presidency & he did a great damage to USA interest economically and politically that will newer will be repaired.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 15, 2008 at 11:24 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps you need to do some research. The Palestinians elected Hamas because of the corruption of the Fatwah party. But what did the United States do, as a perfect stooge for Israel, not recognize that legitimate election. True democracy allows people to elect whomever they want. If you are a teacher read the book by Robert Fisk: The Great War For Civilization, the conquest of the Middle East.

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By Expat, January 15, 2008 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment

Somebody must be getting cut out.

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By Rocky Frisco, January 15, 2008 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment
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You said:  “Never allow a drunk drug addict in office again. Daddy is the blame for this and should be arrested and executed.”

I don’t think Jerry Garcia would have done shit like that. Neither the drugs nor the addiction is the true indicator. A morally bankrupt corrupt shallow fool doesn’t require drugs to fuck up.

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By dave, January 15, 2008 at 11:01 pm Link to this comment
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He’ll go to his new ranch in South America where there is no extraditions where he can live in peace
HE will be rounded up for war crimes if he travels
after he loses diplomatic immunity.
if he fails to place Israel behind the 1967 lines
History won’t be kind to him

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By historyteacher, January 15, 2008 at 9:18 pm Link to this comment
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Israel ATTACKED America(by proxy)!!Oh for the love of God,please,please do some serious critical thinking and research into history.
By all means Israel has made amny mistakes in their own history but none and I mean none like the criminals that are Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.That group alone is responsible for the impoverishment of the Palestinians.Yassar Arafat and his widow lived in luxury while his own people starved and they continued to forment the most riduculous anti-semitic lies(Holocaust Denial,the Protocals,etc.)He had a chance to achieve a real and lasting peace treaty when Clinton was still president but he played the wrong hand.Palestine and for that matter the other Islamic countries are some of the most violent,undemocratic countries in the world yet, Israel is indeed a represenative democracy compared to the other Middle eastern countries that the liberal left loves to cuddle up to.Yes,yes, I know they have as I said earlier, made many mistakes.Certainly America has and as any democracy will over time.The Left just doesn’t get it and probalhy never will.BTW, in case anyone responds,don’t go all crazy on me.I am just trying to point out another perspective.I am not Jewish and not an Israeli.Just a teacher who reads with a skeptical eye and hopefully a critical mind.

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By JimBob, January 15, 2008 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment

Where do you get those numbers, please?  Trillion??

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By BlueEagle, January 15, 2008 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

Well said.

The Rockefeller family was worth over $11.48 trillion in 1998.

The Rothchild family is worth between $100 and 400 trillion.

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By Ga, January 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

1. At a monstrous $100.00 per barrel while the oil companies are making billions in profits.
2. But we have stagnant or dropping wages and benefits except corporate CEOs who are making millions.
3. Our reserves/national guard are fighting and dying overseas rather than helping the public during disasters here.
4. Books pro and con have been on the best-seller lists.

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By Expat, January 15, 2008 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

Looking over the field of candidates, it is apparent we as a society refuse to exceed our angle of repose and in fact keep ourselves slightly below it.  The angle of repose in this instance is the angle at which this whole criminal conduct allowed by us, will come crashing down.  Nobody is talking about a return to our pre-9/11 rights = below the angle of repose.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 15, 2008 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

Yes JimBob all you say is also true. And you are so correct about Bush not caring what the “insects” think of him. I am reminded of a scene in the 1981 movie Mephisto, where the Nazi officer informs the naive actor: “Who do you think you are? We’ll have you crushed like a beetle!”

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By Marnie, January 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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I would like to say “Amen.”

But are you really sure that the neocons will allow the 2008 presidential election?
Remember, the Repo-cons were all set to amend the Constitution to allow Nixon to be elected President for Life, until Watergate showed what a criminal he was.

Bush is adept at surviving and profiting from the disasters and destruction he has caused all his life, and he still has the neocons and the military industrial complex behind him. 
His greatest talents abd driving force are his total egotism and selfishness.  Unless he is actively prevented, like by impeachment or international trial, he could survive to do even more damage.

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By JimBob, January 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

All you say is true, RS—painfully so.  One little item I wish were made clearer every time it’s mentioned, though: a $20 billion “military aid package” be it to Egypt or Israel or whomever is really a $20 billion subsidy for whichever American military contractors get to supply the jets, helos, guns, bullets, Hummers, etc. to the recipient country.  In many cases, those “gifts” sit unused. Why?  Because the “aid package” isn’t so much a military necessity as a payback to Bush for letting the price of oil go to a hundred bucks, for failing to help out the Palestinians, for invading the only secular state in the region and destroying it—and on and on.  In the case of Saudi Arabia, Bush gets to repatriate some oil money, give it to his friends; in the cases of Egypt and Israel, he uses tax dollars or borrowed money. Either way, the money goes to his friends—and the glow he will bask in for the rest of his life is the gratitude of those friends.  What insects like you and I think of him is of little importance, rest assured.
So, “aid package” equals oil money or taxpayer money in the pockets of TRW, GE, Lockheed Martin, et al.  Let’s never forget to point that out.

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By profnasty, January 15, 2008 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment
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Israel attacked America by proxy on 911. America rolled over and gave israel everything it wanted. Israel now rules america. Bush, and his replacement are simply puppets. That is the TRUTH. It is inexorable. You are in it. Pull your tail aside and present. NOW! (by the way, funny password. nsa83. You guys slay me.)

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By PatrickHenry, January 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

RNPDP, January 15 at 8:45

Only a post like that could entice a response from our favorite troll lilmamzer, who then attempts to pin it on someone else.

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By cyrena, January 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment

Louise,

I think your afterthought is exactly on target. That’s exactly what is going on here.

It’s those flippin’ Franciscan Priests…just as bad as the Jesuits, always trying to be the humanitarians, and saving people from themselves, and ministering to the poor as well as the mentally incapacitated.

They’re just a bunch of bleeding hearts, those Franciscans. They should have let his ass walk as long and as far as he ‘thought’ he could get, right across that sea.

Now THAT would have been a true act of humanity for the world. Matter-of-fact, that would have been enough to get ME back to Mass, not to mention tripling my collection basket deposits.

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By John Borowski, January 15, 2008 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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From my perspective what led up to the covert dictatorship we have now is World War 2. Before World War 2 most national companies gave their allegiance to this country and its people. After World War 2 most of the advanced countries were devastated because of this war. This gave our national companies (Although many were owned by the British) the world because of little competition. From national companies they became multinational corporations because of the massive profits they acquired. Once they became so powerful they had no allegiance to any country. They and the military (That grew fat from the cold war) began to dictate to sovereign countries. Profits and trillions of dollars for the military came a lot easier with a dictatorship than a republic or a freedom democracy. This is what Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell speech, but it fell on deaf ears.

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By weather, January 15, 2008 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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apply the delete key - and hope his therapist further restricts his internet priviledges.

Im not sure I have the spiritual discipline to pray for him.

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By RNPDP, January 15 at 8:45 am

Redeemed?Who’s the bafoon?
So this stooge,useful idiot,bafoon writer of the New York Times ( A True Propagator of the Zionists[as in FREEMASONS, ASHKENAZI JEWS & Ecumenist FALSE CHRISTIANS]- Swinehundts and all things that allowed LIARS of the Dualistic Jingoism-better known as-’THE ONE WORLD ORDER’)talks of ‘redeemed’. So, thats ALL IT TAKES!To be REDEEMED!Oh ‘I’M sorry’! For all I’ve done and allowed to happen as the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES CORPORATION and that ‘Goddamned piece of paper’which I helped trash along with all my partners in CRIME;JUDGES LAWYERS MEDIA CORPORATIONS,BANKERS(rhymes with GANGSTERS) called the US Constitution.  Well, perhaps during the chinese year of the rat he can go and be just like one of his partners in crime Tony Blair and become a ECUMENISTIC CATHOLIC blessed by the denoument Bishop of Rome;none other than ecumenisic Pope Ratsinger.Can’t you see it now! All will be forgiven and redeemed by this JOHN ,PAUL ,KAROL ,and Rats brigade and their VATICAN COUNCIL 2 ‘Spirit’ with the ensuing applause of the Mason and Ashkenazi Jews and Ecumenistic Heretical Christians(plenty of Catholics there) .Of course, HOMELAND SECURITY,PATRIOT ACT 1 and soon ACT2,MEDICAL EMERGENCY ACT,MILITARY COMMISSION ACT,DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT,H.R. 1955,and a host of others will be forever in place as ‘THE LAW OF THE LAND’ mandated for US by other ‘Partners in Crime’. [Like one who told us: ‘YOU WILL LOSE YOUR RIGHTS!’]Getting US all ready with all the DUCKS lined up in a row and ‘AS THEN SO NOW’ Albert Pike said ‘we never begin a revolution before its time’.THE ‘REVOLUTION’ that the EVIL EMPIRE STATE NEWSPAPER has done EQUAL or GREATER SERVICE for THE ONE WORLD ORDER as anything, by commission or omission ,that the corporate President Bush has his hands dirty with.Just think of why Rockefeller so thanked your newspaper that you work for for KEEPING THE NATURE OF THINGS OUT OF THE PUBLIC EYE to accomplish his and his ilk EVIL WILL.  ‘REDEEMED’ comes with a price !!! And that price must accompany the CRIMES and GUIL T.And the PUNISHMENT must be commensurate with the CRIMES and when sufficient with penalty of HANGING.If and when this were to Manifest in Corporate President Bush’ heart and he accepted the PENALTY Then and Only Then could HE BE REDEEMED! Anything less is HERESY and ELITISM better known as LUCIFERIAN ROYALTY AND ARISTOCRACY of which your newpaper ‘The New York Times’ has ever promoted to all of OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS DEPRIVATION!

Hedges, have you finished wiping? OK - have a look at the post referenced above. You attract this incoherent paranoid melange of bigotry and psychoses precisely because it mirrors what YOU write.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

“Now the rovin’ gambler he was very bored
He was tryin’ to create a next world war
He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor
He said I never engaged in this kind of thing before
But yes I think it can be very easily done
We’ll just put some bleachers out in the sun
And have it on Highway 61.
    BOB DYLAN, Highway 61 Revisited

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By Robert, January 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

January 14, 2008

Bush Meets Olmert

The Hands of Esau

By URI AVNERY

“Which of the two men is the leader of the greatest power on earth and which is the boss of a small client state?

A visitor from another planet, attending the press conference in Jerusalem, would find it hard not to answer: Olmert is the president of the great power, Bush is his vassal.

Olmert is taller. He talked endlessly, while Bush listened patiently. While Olmert anointed Bush with flattery that would have made a Byzantine emperor blush, it was quite clear that it is Olmert who decides policy, while Bush humbly accepts the Israeli diktat. And Bush’s flattery of Olmert exceeded even Olmert’s flattery of Bush.

Both, we learned, are “courageous”. Both are “determined”. Both have a “vision”. The word “vision”, once reserved for prophets, starred in every second sentence. (Bush could not know that in Israel, “vision” has long become a jocular appellation for highfaluting speeches, usually in combination with the word “Zionism”.)

The President and the Prime Minister have something else in common: not a word of what they said at the press conference had any connection with the truth.

One OF the most moving dramas in the Bible tells about our old blind forefather, Isaac, who wanted to bless his eldest son, Esau, a reddish and hairy hunter. But the second son, the homebody (or rather tent-body) Jacob, exploited the absence of his brother and went to his father in order to steal the blessing. He wore Esau’s clothes and covered his arms with hairy goat skins. The ruse nearly failed, when the father felt the arms of Jacob and his suspicion was aroused.

That’s when he uttered the famous words: “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” (Genesis, 27: 22).

Yet Jacob, the impostor, did receive the blessing and became the father of the nation which was named after him (he was also called Israel). It seems that Ehud Olmert is a true successor: there is no connection between his voice and his hands.

Anyone who listens to him - not just at the press conference, but also on every other occasion - hears words of peace and reason: The Palestinians must have a state of their own. The “vision” must be realized while Bush is president, because Israel has never had and never will have a truer friend. The settlement outposts must be removed, as promised by us again and again. The settlements must be frozen. Etc. etc.

That is the voice of Jacob. But the hands, well, they are the hands of Esau.


* * *

BEFORE ANNAPOLIS, during Annapolis and after Annapolis, nothing at all was done to promote the Two-State Solution. The negotiations were about to begin - any moment now - a year ago, and now they are again about to begin - any moment now. Yes, the “core issues” - borders, Jerusalem, refugees - will be addressed. Sure. Any moment now.”

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For the rest of Avnery’s article, click on link/URL:

http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery01142008.html

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By Peter, January 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment
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to realize that there are still some sane and decent Americans.
Well done

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By Chris Murphy, January 15, 2008 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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“The Noose”

So glad to see you well
Overcome and completely silent now
With heaven’s help
You cast your demons out
And not to pull your halo down
Around your neck and tug you off your cloud
But I’m more than just a little curious
How you’re plannin’ to go about makin’ your amends
To the dead
To the dead

Recall the deeds as if they’re all
Someone else’s
Atrocious stories
Now you stand reborn
Before us all
So glad to see you well

And not to pull your halo down
Around your neck and tug you to the ground
But I’m more than just a little curious
How you’re plannin’ to go about makin’ your amends
To the dead
To the dead

With your halo slippin’ down
Your halo slippin’
Your halo slippin’ down
Your halo slippin’ down

Your halo slippin’ down
(I’m more than just a little curious
How you’re plannin’ to go about makin’ your amends)
[repeated]

Your halo slippin’ down
Your halo slippin’ down to choke you now

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By William, January 15, 2008 at 11:05 am Link to this comment
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When are you cock suckers gonna arrest that sack of shit and put him and Cheney on trial?

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By John Borowski, January 15, 2008 at 11:03 am Link to this comment
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If Bush is attempting to walk the Sea of Galilee I’m praying he is a good swimmer.

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By Maani, January 15, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

Louise:

ROFLMAO!!

Peace.

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By Rocky Frisco, January 15, 2008 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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Agreeing with the article, I foresee a possible way the Neocons might find to further use President Bush: as a victim and scapegoat. A carefully orchestrated assassination, with a bogus perpetrator, would put the country under the thumb of Dick Cheney, with full emergency powers. I urge you to consider that possibility and I pray that the Secret Service Agents who protect the President are diligent, skillful and remain loyal. Our history suggests this scenario might be attractive to the dark forces that operate under the radar in our nation.

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By aaaaahhhhhhhh!, January 15, 2008 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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I pray that the war criminal b.liar gets so drunk on his new found catholic-ecxtacy that he falls from the balcony of his new apartment in the centre of london and falls on hitlery cliteron as she is passing!..an excellent end to two hideous people!

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By RNPDP, January 15, 2008 at 9:45 am Link to this comment
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So this stooge,useful idiot,bafoon writer of the New York Times ( A True Propagator of the Zionists[as in FREEMASONS, ASHKENAZI JEWS & Ecumenist FALSE CHRISTIANS]- Swinehundts and all things that allowed LIARS of the Dualistic Jingoism-better known as-‘THE ONE WORLD ORDER’)talks of ‘redeemed’. So, thats ALL IT TAKES!To be REDEEMED!Oh ‘I’M sorry’! For all I’ve done and allowed to happen as the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES CORPORATION and that ‘Goddamned piece of paper’which I helped trash along with all my partners in CRIME;JUDGES LAWYERS MEDIA CORPORATIONS,BANKERS(rhymes with GANGSTERS) called the US Constitution.  Well, perhaps during the chinese year of the rat he can go and be just like one of his partners in crime Tony Blair and become a ECUMENISTIC CATHOLIC blessed by the denoument Bishop of Rome;none other than ecumenisic Pope Ratsinger.Can’t you see it now! All will be forgiven and redeemed by this JOHN ,PAUL ,KAROL ,and Rats brigade and their VATICAN COUNCIL 2 ‘Spirit’ with the ensuing applause of the Mason and Ashkenazi Jews and Ecumenistic Heretical Christians(plenty of Catholics there) .Of course, HOMELAND SECURITY,PATRIOT ACT 1 and soon ACT2,MEDICAL EMERGENCY ACT,MILITARY COMMISSION ACT,DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT,H.R. 1955,and a host of others will be forever in place as ‘THE LAW OF THE LAND’ mandated for US by other ‘Partners in Crime’. [Like one who told us: ‘YOU WILL LOSE YOUR RIGHTS!’]Getting US all ready with all the DUCKS lined up in a row and ‘AS THEN SO NOW’ Albert Pike said ‘we never begin a revolution before its time’.THE ‘REVOLUTION’ that the EVIL EMPIRE STATE NEWSPAPER has done EQUAL or GREATER SERVICE for THE ONE WORLD ORDER as anything, by commission or omission ,that the corporate President Bush has his hands dirty with.Just think of why Rockefeller so thanked your newspaper that you work for for KEEPING THE NATURE OF THINGS OUT OF THE PUBLIC EYE to accomplish his and his ilk EVIL WILL.    ‘REDEEMED’ comes with a price !!! And that price must accompany the CRIMES and GUIL T.And the PUNISHMENT must be commensurate with the CRIMES and when sufficient with penalty of HANGING.If and when this were to Manifest in Corporate President Bush’ heart and he accepted the PENALTY Then and Only Then could HE BE REDEEMED! Anything less is HERESY and ELITISM better known as LUCIFERIAN ROYALTY AND ARISTOCRACY of which your newpaper ‘The New York Times’ has ever promoted to all of OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS DEPRIVATION!

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By ender, January 15, 2008 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

But nothing will change just because Hillary or Osama get elected.  Guantanamo may dissapear, and torture may lose it’s “instititional status”, but our wars of aggression will continue.
Sorry if you’re sick of reading this.
  The public faces of gov’t are not the true power brokers in the US.  Most are not on the ‘list of wealthiest people’ either.  Bill Gates has more influence on our national policy than you or I, but not significantly more.  Bush, Cheney, and Rummy may have been an “Axis of Evil” but neither they and the think tank kids like Rove and Libby are just tools of the old money families where money is in private businesses and trust with unclear ownership and control.
The elite most likely look at the monkeys in the White House as dumb kids just having a little fun. 
If they start WWIII, so what?  The small group of families that wield true power are so international and own enough of all of the channels of wealth, that any calamity only funnels more wealth upward.  They can’t lose.  And I suspect they get a secret pleasure in a time such as this when we are shown we are sheep with no real control of our national policy or direction.
If you think the Democrats are any different you are sadly mistaken.  They work for the same people and that ain’t you or me.
The American economy is vaporware.  We produce very little, while even food production, one of our most prolific resources, is now only part of a global supply chain that can be turned off overnight if we misbehave.  They don’t need us anymore, hence the open borders, free trade, offshoring and H-1B workers widen the gap and keep us invested in the survival of conspicuous consumerism as our national religion.
The only real threat to that elite in recent years has been Iraq engaging in oil trade in Euros vs the Dollar, and now Iran has begun to do so. The Federal Reserve issues money on an imaginary value that actually is tied to the world’s largest commodity market, Oil.  If the dollar becomes unhinged from the oil market, any intrinsic value is lost, and the emperor’s new close aren’t there anymore.
That is why the only way Iran can avoid being the ‘cause of WWIII’ is to rejoin the Dollar base oil bourse.  Saddam refused and we saw his fake execution.  The Iranian people probably won’t be so lucky.
Israel is a convenient tool to maintain the unrest in the Mideast that keeps despots in power.  We can deal with despots.  Educated, thinking humans that attempt to exercise control over their own lives are much harder to deal with.  As long as they are busy hating and scratching out an existence in ignorance, the money and power just keep flowing up.

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By Pam, January 15, 2008 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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What is crap is that you need to put down the crack pip you moron !!!!

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By GW=MCHammered, January 15, 2008 at 9:01 am Link to this comment
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Top Down-Bottom Up, one upside-down split-nation thanks to lapdog GWB. No surprise that anyone in gov’t thinks GWB has been good. Just like the private sector, time to start pulling <u>public</u> retirements.

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By Marc Linn, January 15, 2008 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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If the US Government still runs the schools in 100 years or so, chances are schoolkids will be told that GW Bush was a great man who tried to save the world, etc etc ad nauseam. 

History is written by the victors, or at least those with the most guns… look at how Lincoln is held up as the savior of the black race, humanitarian, whatever. I believed this myself (went to public schools) until I began looking at some of the evidence to the contrary.

Sorry if this offends the Lincoln lovers but his record speaks for itself. Google Thomas DiLorenzo for a look at some of Lincoln’s real accomplishments.

And Lincoln isn’t really my main point here: it’s that evil routinely gets transformed into good (or at least “not really that bad”) by history.

And why does this matter? Because the same stupid mistakes continue to be made, largely as a result of our “forgetting” the wretched results from the last time (and the time before that, etc etc).  Welcome to the world!

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By M Gillespie, January 15, 2008 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

If you wish to be taken seriously, RdV, you’ll have to go beyond issuing rude, crude comments based on sophomoric reasoning anonymously.

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By John Borowski, January 15, 2008 at 8:33 am Link to this comment
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I have always wondered why a judge would spend millions of dollars for judgeship when he might be in his sixties and it would take years to make up the difference. I found out the reason years ago in a trial. I was driving up Watchung Mountain in NJ when a drunk speeding down the mountain couldn’t hold his side of the road and side swiped my car from front to back. The policeman, a lieutenant from the Watchung police came up to me and gave his name and telephone number and said this man smells from liquor and all of the debris and tire marks are well on your side of the road. At the trial the lieutenant testified for my defense and stated he has been investigating accidents for seventeen years. The woman as a passenger in the drunk’s car presented a bill that stated she spent two hundred and fifty dollars because of the accident. My lawyer presented a statement from her doctor that she paid two hundred and fifty dollars, but it was not for any accident, but it was for a woman’s change of life. The judge choose not to pass judgment in front of the people at the trial, but later in his private office. Despite the woman’s perjury for her two hundred and fifty dollar bill, I had to pay two hundred and fifty dollars to her. (A hefty sum in the sixties)

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By Louise, January 15, 2008 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

Look at that picture.

I think the caption should be:

“President Bush, center, is restrained by two Franciscan Priests, as he determines he can and will walk on the Sea of Galilee.”

Just an afterthought. smile

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By RdV, January 15, 2008 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

“For what it may be worth, Common Dreams routinely censors—removes—comments critical of Hillary Clinton, Madeline “We think the price is worth it” Albright, and the other Clinton neocons..”

  As a regular participant at CD, I know this statement is a crock. You don’t even have to read—just take a look at the photos selected to accompany articles re Hillary. I do not think CD has ever posted a promotional comment or a flattering word about any Clinton or their hanger-ons.

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By mary, January 15, 2008 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

“when they saw what they could do with puppets, they opted for the ultimate one, a farting, ball scratching, nose picking moron who has been pickled in alcohol”

Cyrena,  I always look for your comments, as as usual, you haven’t disappointed me. You’re always spot on!

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By SamSnedegar, January 15, 2008 at 6:31 am Link to this comment

1. we have oil
2. we don’t have massive unemployment
3. our military reserves get far better training than “weekend warriors” used to do; in fact, a lot of them die in the process, taking the unemployment number down even farther.
4. writers make a lot of money selling books about the war which never discuss why we went to war or what would comprise winning it.

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By M Gillespie, January 15, 2008 at 6:31 am Link to this comment

Re: “By the way, this Truthdig article is also being discussed at CommonDreams.org at http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/14/6354/”

For what it may be worth, Common Dreams routinely censors—removes—comments critical of Hillary Clinton, Madeline “We think the price is worth it” Albright, and the other Clinton neocons, who, by the way, were champing at the bit to go to war against Iraq long before Cheney and Rumsfeld took advanage of the opportunity represented by the 9/11 attacks.  See: http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9802/18/town.meeting.folo/

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By Mike Mann, January 15, 2008 at 6:21 am Link to this comment
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Before Y2K there should have been a constitutional amendment in place to outlaw the offspring of a dormer president, who was ousted after 1 term, from being anywhere near the White House and the whole world would have been different as the last 7 yrs have been nothing but destruction and mayhem allowing some pampered spoiled rotten silver spoon ex-cokehead drunk selected by Daddys pals to sit in the position he has and screwup everything he touches.
Gas was 1.30 a gallon in 2000. Gas in 2008 is 3.30 a gallon and rising.
Millions of jobs have left for China and trillions have been borrowed from them by this wasteful elitist idiot who has maxed out the worlds biggest cred card like any good spoiled rotten rich punk.
Lies lies and more lies about 911 that has never been fully answered created bogus jew wars and the brave Iraquis who fought and died stopped this madman tyrant Lincolnite from continuing his pillaging although we know Iran was the next jew target and still is.
Never allow a drunk drug addict in office again. Daddy is the blame for this and should be arrested and executed.
We know Daddy wanted to make up for his loss in 1992 to the real southern peasant not the carpetbagger poser from Texas he and the Bush Crime Family ar and the fake tears he shed at the jew holohoax momorial is right on tap with the idiot this moron is and has been.
We need a new amendment to stop anymore Bush trash from entering the WH and there are many waiting in line as we know Daddy was crying because he knew Jeb was out.

Ron Paul for president.

America has been screwed.

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By Eso, January 15, 2008 at 6:12 am Link to this comment

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is not a phenomenon noted only among returning soldiers. It visits many a politician, most of who—like combat veterans—turn to alcohol for a cure. Mr. Blair’s turn to Catholic belief is not likely to work, if he is indeed suffering PTSD. Most likely, he has hit the bottle. No doubt, other politicians have done so and will.

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By Monte, January 15, 2008 at 6:02 am Link to this comment
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Despite the spin of most of our media outlets, truthdig tells it like it is.

It is funny that the rest of the world can see us spinning out of control, but we can’t. If we attack Iran, may God forgive us and show mercy on us. Because some us of do not have the power to stop this Mad man named George Bush.

If we do not attack Iran, may God forgive us for our 60 years of support for Israel and her racists actions against her own brothers and sisters; the Palestinians.

What a terrible 8 years we have had under Bush’s run. I hope that we are able to elect a president that can restore our credibilty.

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By John Borowski, January 15, 2008 at 5:35 am Link to this comment
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There are two types of personalities in this world. An example is a rapist that will rape and kill one hundred women before he is caught. When a newspaper reporter will ask the rapist does he have any remorse for his evil deed, the rapist will look quizzically at the reporter and you know what he is thinking. He probably is thinking why should I have remorse, it is the raped women that should have remorse. Another type that would rape and kill one hundred women would have a guilty conscience that would cause him to have severe nightmares. To quell the nightmares he would have to resort to religion, alcohol, or drugs. The fact that Blair changed religion from Protestant to Catholic belief (Maybe Protestant religion isn’t working) is to me very troubling. (I hope I’m not correct on this supposition)

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By David Dixit, January 15, 2008 at 5:30 am Link to this comment
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RetiredJudge (of what, one wonders ?!)
You are either stupid, demented or possibly both. George W. Bush has not been overall good at anything… and he has been very very bad at most. The world is worse off for his existence.

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By Eso, January 15, 2008 at 4:32 am Link to this comment

I have been saying something like this all along. I cannot believe that they who let happen 9/11 did so to be discovered, but to have an excuse for war. The war is on its way, because fishing for it has not ended. War is a time when even an eight year long presidency can be extended indefinately, perhaps until “the war on terror is won”.

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By Melissa, January 15, 2008 at 1:57 am Link to this comment
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Dude, do you live on this planet?

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By Expat, January 15, 2008 at 1:56 am Link to this comment

May I add my voice to your statement?

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By Shallel, January 15, 2008 at 1:24 am Link to this comment
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You’ve got me rollin’ !

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By Ron Ranft, January 15, 2008 at 1:13 am Link to this comment
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A country stolen from others through terrorist acts like satchel bombs in the lobby of the Star of David Hotel. The election of a convicted War Criminal as Prime Minister. The bulldozing of an innocent American girl peacefully protesting the bulldozing of Palestinian homes which the Israelis do so well. They practice their own brand of genocide. But you people don’t seem to be able to remember your own history even tho it is a short one. And what you do as a people has been chronicled in your own books all the way back through biblical times. Not much ahs changed has it. The US has its own dark past, and the unconditional support of the foundation of Israel is one of them. The holacaust should never happen to anyone, but it is not an excuse to bury one’s head in the sand when those very same people then turn around and do the same thing in just as cruel manner if not in the same exact one. Israel is a country founded in blood, theft, and cruelty and until Israel comes to grip with its crimes it will always be somebody’s enemy. And Americans will have to realize that we cannot continue to unconditionally support Israel!

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By tom melton, January 15, 2008 at 1:12 am Link to this comment
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Are you deaf, and/or blind? or both? Thank you for your inane endorsement of a moron, elected by fraud, reelected by fraud, and I go, ever more disillusioned by what I gave a shit for. I will not care any more, any more, or any more. I cry, Argentina, because it is happening here in my chosen country.

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By marksmanwhotakesorders, January 15, 2008 at 1:02 am Link to this comment
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What or who is this gloating NYT writer?  Certainly no one who is digging out the truth.  Bush has always been a puppet and someone hardly worth wasting words upon.  Those who control him will still be in power and the Constitution will still be grossly violated after he is long gone.  We likely face another rigged election, and New Hampshire, with its results “that don’t pass the smell test”, nor agree with the ballots counted by hand, sure looks like the start.

Did someone hire this guy to engage in purposeful misdirection?  And why is this piece even appearing on “Truth"dig?

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By Ron Ranft, January 15, 2008 at 12:30 am Link to this comment
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I’m glad you are retired as either you had no good sense to begin with or you lost what little you had. I cannot begin to imagine by what even delusional standards one could use to say that Bush has been a good President. I hope you saved a lot of your ill gotten gains because when the bill comes due for two illegal invasions of soveriegn countries you are going to have to pay your share. And I hope that some day soon you realize how you aided and abetted the demise of a country that held such great possibilities!

Bush needs to answer to this country for all the crimes he and his evil friends have perpetrated on the world. And it cannot come soon enough!

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By Terry, January 14, 2008 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment
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God told bush to do this, so this murder and mayhem that he has wrought was once again done in the name of religion, so I ask you bush this one simple question, and being a yale man no doubt you have the intellect to work this one out.

Can omniscient God, who
Knows the future, find
The omnipotence to
Change His future mind?


Other than that I have no strong feelings either way

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By RetiredJudge, January 14, 2008 at 11:01 pm Link to this comment

George W. Bush has been an overall good president.

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By Greg Bacon, January 14, 2008 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

What can one say about a sub-human life form like GW, except to say that he is a THIEF, a LIAR and a MURDERER… and a MASS MURDERER at that.

But, we musn’t be too hard on Junior. He’s just folllowing in the footsteps of his father, GH Bush and grandfather, Prescott Bush.

Poppy Bush lied us into the “Operation Desert Slaughter, Part I” with the lies about Kuwaiti babies being tossed out of incubators by those mean ol’ Iraqi’s.
He liked the money he got from Panama’s dictator Noriega, until Noriega wanted too much of the swag and had to be taken out so another US friendly bagman could take his place.

So we invaded and blew to hell Panama, all over some busted drug deals.

Grandaddy Prescott helped finance the Nazi War Machine build up prior to WW II and even kept dealing with the Nazi’s after the U.S. government passed laws that forbade Americans from dealing with the Nazi’s.

When a family fortune has its roots in the massive war crimes and deaths of WW II, what do you expect out of the heirs?

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By SamSnedegar, January 14, 2008 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

Cyrena:

“...Cheney manipulates them all, so that he can run his operation in total secrecy, using these minions, (geogie, Condi the Rice, etc) as the front. And none of THEM even know what Cheney and his regime are up to…”

unless . . . HE is being manipulated by a “board of directors” comprising Carlucci, Baker, Boyden Gray, etc. I suspect these people ran Reagan and Bush1 to a greater extent than known, and when they saw what they could do with puppets, they opted for the ultimate one, a farting, ball scratching, nose picking moron who has been pickled in alcohol.

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By Eugene Hayman, January 14, 2008 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Hedges, love to read your stuff and occasionally catch you on the radio.  But I am afraid you are underestimating the neocons this time—almost impossible to do for the last 8 years, its true. 

If you have not already read it, I recommend the book Strange Alliance.  It makes the situation abundantly clear.  BushCo are simply solidifying their western flank so that they can strike to the east.  And Billions of dollars in aid and bribes is sure to buy plenty of solidification.  Once they declare that some phony “Peace Agreement” has been signed, then the Iranians better proceed in an orderly fashion to the bomb shelters.  And the rest of us better get ready for $200 per barrel oil.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment

One of the benefits of the internet is all the information and misinformation traveling around the globe at the speed of light. I once had a Christian fundamentalist inform me that fiber optics are the Devil’s tools! This of course is delightfully frustrating to the ring masters of opinion. The recent expose on the mistranslation of the Farsi language is a case in point. Deliberate mistranslations have led to thousands upon thousands of deaths. This is the NewSpeak that George Orwell could hardly imagine.

So whatever is the accepted norm: 9/11 is exactly as you have been told, George W Bush is a good Christian man, He and Tony Blair never talked about blowing up Al-Jazeera, the Iraq war would be a slam dunk cake walk, Barack Obama is the second coming, John McCain is a straight shooter and Hillary Clinton after all, really does have a heart! I think it is good to remember the two most dangerous words in this world: QUESTION AUTHORITY.

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By Louise, January 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

Matt Taibbi on Mainstream Media: “You Can Run Any Sh** Up the Flagpole and These Reporters Will Salute It” [VIDEO]

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/73631/

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By Iskandar Rabeendran, January 14, 2008 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment
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It often feels really good to read Hedges’ articles.
Chris Hedges, you are turning into one of our most eloquent and powerful political thinkers.

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By Frostedflakes, January 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

For Sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By Keith, January 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment
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I still don’t get how BushCo suckered this country two times. All this idiot did was say God, Jesus, the Bible, and fear and he said this with a straight face. Honestly, I could see how he fooled the Repugs the first time, but DAMN!!! After all that came out about the lies, lying to his base, etc. BushCo won again. I have a good friend that is part of the BushCo base and he still screams Clinton, Clinton, Clinton when asked to explain mindset re BushCo support. I bring up accountability re BushCo and then all of sudden he has to pick up his kids from school, a pipe under his sink at home just broke and he has to go, etc.

I hope the Repugs that voted to put these criminals in office really sit back and think before the vote in the election. For you Christian conservatives remember just because a candidate says God, Jesus, I’m a Christian, and/or the Bible doesn’t mean they are as religious as they say. It was later found out that BushCo used you conservatives and Bush and Rove actually called you “freaks” after they pushed your “Jesus” buttons to get your vote. So think about what you got this country into, how many died, how many got maimed, how many got tortured, etc.

Be proud Repukes!!! Be proud!!!!

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By PatrickHenry, January 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

For you Howie.

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/norouzi.php?articleid=11025

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By Nozferatu, January 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t know…last I checked, Napolean was considered a very smart a$$hole….but still an a$$hole.  Bush…he’s not smart…but he is an a$$hole.  He may go down in history as a good prez somewhere in a history book written in a Jesus Camp but nowhere else.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment

Douglas Chalmers I agree with you on NO MORE WARS. Yes there is a way out of this tunnel. But those who are engorged in this slaughter will hear nothing of the kind. That is a tragedy for the entire world.

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 14, 2008 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

By G.Anderson, January 14: “Congress will have enough to keep itself busy for at least two decades. That’s probably how long it will take the country to clean up the mess that Mr. Bush left behind…. Quite often, a shift in political mood can result in unexpected consequences to those that were once in power…”

Actually, Congress won’t have time to pre-occupy themselves with the Bush administration’s follies, G.Anderson. One reason will be the recession but, more significantly, climate change imperatives must be finally and conclusively accepted and thoroughly addressed.

What does this mean? Well, NO MORE WARS for a start. And, what does that mean? Uhh, finally getting rid of convenient excuses and the people who tend to rely on them, cutting the military-industrial complex down to a DEFENCE FORCE ONLY and giving up the Machiavellian political agenda once and for all, dare I say.

How is this done? Genuinely TRADING for oil, accepting the value of the $US as it really is, repaying foreign debt, withdrawing military bases on foreign soil, NOT constructing a new enriched-uranium cartel, and actually seriously FOCUSSING on domestic imperatives such as health, welfare and infrastructure, etc etc.

By the way, this Truthdig article is also being discussed at CommonDreams.org at http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/14/6354/

And thank you to all those who kindly defended my name against the spurious attacks and distortions of the malicious Zionist agenda.

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By Mark A. Goldman, January 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

Both you and Chris have saved me the trouble of trying to say it better.  This might lift your spirits though, as it did mine today…
http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_alan_mil_080112_twenty_five_u_s__mil.htm

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By steve, January 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with Louise.  I suspect Bush will go down in history like other presidents maybe even better than most.  A good president who kept us safe during trying times.  Just look at the polls.  Looks like we haven’t really learned anything in the last seven years.  I hope I’m wrong.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

Louise, thank you for the amazing post. You get at the core of what my outrage about all of this is: the sheer inhumanity of it all. Robert Fisk in his profound book The Great War For Civilization, points out that the world has never come to grips with the pogrom of the Armenians in 1916 Turkey. I get the feeling that the United States will continue its cruel policies without ever acknowledging that these war crimes are not just against Iraq or Afghanistan, but all humanity. Your point about the Clintons and the democratic leadership is on target. The only thing that I take comfort from is there are still people like yourself, who stand up for the truth. My only prayer is Thank You.

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By sophrosyne, January 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment
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A brilliant summary of the war against America conducted by the Bushies for over 7 years.  None of us are safe until he and his ideas are gone.

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By cyrena, January 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

G. Anderson,

I would almost desperately like to believe this…that any group – congressional or otherwise, would be willing to bring him to account for all of his crimes. But, I don’t think it’s gonna happen, at least not here.

At MOST, we could hope for an International body (war crimes tribunal, or other) to bring them all of account. But, even that would require a major change in the global power structure.

Even if we could do something here, the real culprits will get away, because they are the ones, with Cheney at the top of the heap, who have done the damage to begin with. As somebody else mentioned, georgie isn’t competent to stand trial, and he’s primarily guilty of simply following Cheney’s orders, albeit gleefully at times, such as with the torture. And, while the shadow cheney regime may have allowed georgie to ‘think’ in all of his perverted delusions, that he was the ‘decider’ or that he was ‘running anything’ besides his mouth, george couldn’t tie his own shoes if his life depended on it.

So, I said that to say, that I just don’t know. As much as I would like to see him held accountable, and as EASY as it would be to do, based on the thousands of violations he’s committed, including treason and all of the others, it would still let the real culprits off the hook.

But, we’ll see. We can certainly hope.

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